NFL Free Agency: CJ Gardner-Johnson Heading Back To Eagles

NFL Free Agency: CJ Gardner-Johnson Heading Back To Eagles

The Eagles did some quick work and signed top free agents in edge rusher Bryce Huff and running back Saquon Barkley mere hours after extending Landon Dickerson.

Well, they aren’t stopping there. By Tuesday night, the Eagles had also agreed to terms to bring back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

The deal, worth $33 million over three years, is a surprising one to say the least, considering CJ spent the entirety of last offseason posting about how he really hated Philadelphia and it’s fans after declining an offer to stay.

None of that really impacts his play, however.

One would figure that Gardner-Johnson is most likely slated to be a safety for the Eagles, who lack anyone beside Reed Blankenship and the injured Sydney Brown.

CJGJ did come back as the nickel option at the end of the 2022 season, however, in order to get the Eagles their best five defensive backs on the field at the same time. With that, the Eagles could potentially still look to add a safety and utilize his versatility on the back end.

With 67 tackles, a sack and a team leading six interceptions in 2023, CJGJ was a critical part of the team. He was barely even a part of the team for the Lions last year as he was injured and managed to appear in just three games during the 2023 season before coming off the bench in the Lions three playoff games.

Update: The deal is incentive laden and is officially a $27 million deal with just $10 million guaranteed, so it likely has an out after two years.

Eagles Offseason Recap:


DE Brandon Graham

G Landon Dickerson

TE Albert Okwuegbunam

P Braden Mann

LS Rick Lovato

Free Agents (Added):

DE Bryce Huff

RB Saquon Barkley

LB Zack Baun

OL Matt Hennessy

WR DeVante Parker

DB CJ Gardner-Johnson

Free Agents (Lost):

RB D’Andre Swift

QB Marcus Mariota

LB Nicholas Morrow


C Jason Kelce

DT Fletcher Cox

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